Changes to the web interface on a popular service are always going to be controversial, and ever since Twitter rolled out /”New Twitter” last year, there have been complaints that it makes accessing many common options more difficult, despite better keyboard shortcuts and other tweaks. But does it also actually make your overall browser experience more painful?
Blogger Mike Cane thinks so, noting that when he closes Twitter in his browser, performance on every other site improves:
This weekend, I discovered that if I didn’t have New Twitter open in a tab, all of the problems I’d been experiencing went away! Video became smooth again. Web pages loaded like five times faster too! I’ve established that for people with weaker PCs (mine is a 1.8GHz Celeron), having New Twitter open in a tab is just poisonous. It will slow everything down in a browser.
I’ve had similar experiences myself, especially when working on slower 3G connections. But how widespread is the issue? Sounds like time for a poll:
Feel free to expand on your new Twitter grievances in the comments.